Teachers and Career Advisers’ views on STEM and Gender
In 2023, almost all educators (98%) believe that STEM skills are important for the Australian economy, and 89 per cent agree that such skills provide job security for future workers.
When it comes to confidence in STEM, most educators reported that boys and girls are equally confident in subject areas including mathematics, science and technology, however not in engineering. Here, three in five educators (63%) believed that boys were more confident than girls. Overall, where gender differences in confidence were reported, these were heavily skewed toward boys.
Our research found strong gender associations from educators when it came to different jobs. Here, educators primarily associated jobs including nurse, office support, and teacher with women, while labourer, trade worker, and machinery operator were most associated with men.
The data additionally showed correlation between gender associations of different jobs and their perceived importance of STEM skills. This included computing or information technology jobs – which were associated with men – where STEM skills were perceived as most essential, while pharmacist was the only job associated with women where STEM skills were perceived as essential. These results were consistent across both the STEM influencer parent and educator surveys.
Access the full Teachers and Career Advisers’ perceptions and attitudes to STEM survey results here.